A contract of employment is an agreement between an employer and employee and is the basis of the employment relationship. There is no statutory requirement to have a written contract of employment in its entirety but employers are required by law to provide certain written particulars of the terms and conditions of the contract to the employee. This is known as a Written Statement of Particulars. It is therefore common practice to have a written statement issued to all employees to include all of this information.
The information contained within the written statement should be provided to the employee within two months of the date of commencement of the employment. It is within the law to provide the information in more than one document but normal practice indicates a single document as the preferred option for most employers.